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CHAPTER VIII.

THE FIFTH APPEARANCE-THE LORD'S DAY EVENING.

The circumstances of this meeting—The physical properties of

Christ's risen body. I. The inauguration of the Lord's Day.

The Lord's day is the Christian Sabbath-Its beautiful sig-

nificance. II. The blessings connected with the Lord's Day by

the words of Jesus. (1) Fears relieved—Why do we dread a

spirit ?_“Peace.” (2) Faith confirmed-Evidences of the res-

urrection-Transubstantiation. (3) Light cast on the objects

of hope-The same body that dies rises—The physical proper-

ties of the risen body-Recognition in heaven. (4) Errors cor-

rected. (5) The Holy Ghost given. (6) Apostolic power. III.

Thomas absent. Why?_What he missed-Missing at the last. 90

CHAPTER IX.

THE SIXTH APPEARANCE—THE SCEPTICAL DISCIPLE.

The second Lord's day-The dark disciple-I. The causes of

the scepticism of Thomas. (1) The original structure of his

nature-Living in the shadow. (2) A wrong standard of be-

lief-The credulity of unbelief. (3) Absence from the meeting of

the disciples-God honours his appointed means. II. The con-

sequence of his unbelief. Wretchedness of soul—The sceptic

wretched, whether right or wrong. III. The removal of his scep-

ticism. (1) The awaking of his faith by a sight of Christ. (2) The

confession of his faith-Did he blaspheme? (3) The personal

character of his faith. (4) The benediction of Jesus—Goethe. 106

CHAPTER X.

THE SEVENTH APPEARANCE—THE SHORE OF GALILEE.

How the third meeting. I. The circumstances. The fishing

party-The night of unsuccessful toil—The morning vision-

The fire on the shore and the food. II. The meaning of this

scene. The pic-nic interpretation-Connection with the first

miraculous draught of fishes—The meaning of the first miracle

-"Toiling all right and taking nothing”—The inefficiency of

the pulpit—The difference of the miracles and their meaning-

The second miracle shadows the final glory of the Church-

The repast on the shore, its meaning Lessons to the Church

now on the sea-Comfort to the individual Christian. . 122

Peter reinvested with the apostolic office—The fire of coals. I.

The Questions. (1) The name by which Peter was addressed.

(2) The two words for love. (3) The contrast with the other

disciples. (4) The gradual relenting of Jesus to Peter. II.

The charges. Feeding and governing the flock-No primacy

of Peter here—The girding of old age. III. Lessons from this

scene. (1)The essence of the Christian life is love to Christ. (2)

The test of love is obedience—The German pastor and the pic-

ture. (3) Love to Christ is made perfect through suffering-

The girdings and carryings of the Christian-Not loving Christ

-Maranatha. . . . . . . . . . 138

CHAPTER XII.

THE SEVENTH APPEARANCE-WHAT IS THAT TO THEE?

The walk on the shore-Silent love-uncertainty of tradition-

The breathing grave. 1. The question. Peter's possible mo-

tives. (1) A momentary pang of repining—The feelings of the

afflicted-A target for the Almighty. (2) Mere curiosity-

Intimacy of Peter and John-Anxiety to pry into the future-

Wisdom of the veil that hides it. II. The answer. (1) The

events of life ordered by the will of God-Predestination a doc-

trine full of comfort. (2) The Christian's life on earth is a

tarrying for the summons home-The aged and invalid --The

Dairyman's Daughter. (3) The cure of all anxiety for the future

is the discharge of present duty_Follow Jesus. . . 153

CHAPTER XIII.

THE EIGHTH APPEARANCE—THE FIVE HUNDRED WITNESSES.

I. Place of this meeting. Probably the mount of transfiguration

Why in Galilee. II. Importance of this meeting. Thrice

predicted-A meeting of the whole church then on earth-Pre-

paration for coming conflicts by a revelation of Christ's glory

-Why some doubted. III. Comparative silence of scripture

concerning it. Reason for this silence- The transfiguration.

why so little alluded to-Meeting Jesus on earth-Meeting

him bereafter in heaven. . . . . . . . 166

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CHAPTER XIV.

THE NINTA APPEARANCE-JAMES THE LORD'S BROTHER.

The three Jameses-James the Just, the brother of our Lord-

His character by Hegesippus-Apocryphal traditions—His

childhood and Nazaritic dedication-Not a disciple of Jesus at

first-His position in the church—The significance of this ap-

pearance to him-The silence of scripture-General teachings. 176

CHAPTER XV.

THE TENTH APPEARANCE—THE APOSTOLIC COMMISSION IN MATTHEW.

The place Jerusalem and Olivet-The four forms of the commis-

sion-Why?_Their distinctness-Meaning of the commission

-Not the original authority to preach and baptize. I. Au-

thority of the commission. The mediatorial kingdom of Christ

-All power. II. The commission. (1) To make disciples.

(2) To baptize disciples-Subject of baptism-Baptismal for-

mula—Trinity. (3) To teach disciples—Inspiration—The

three offices of Christ. III. Encouragement. The presence

of Christ-I AM—"All days"-Days of worship, of toil, of trial,

and of death. . . . . . . . 187

CHAPTER XVI.

THE TENTH APPEARANCE-APOSTOLIC COMMISSION IN MARK.

The difference between Matthew and Mark, just such as we would

expect—The Roman gospel. I. The commission. Its extent-

Are infants excluded from baptism by its terms ?- The illogi-

cal inference-Why infants are not named in the commission-

The real warrant of the commission. II. The authenticating

seals. The miracles of the soul. III. The consequences of accept-

ing or rejecting. The awful words—Eternity the only interpreter. 212

CHAPTER XVII.

THE TENTA APPEARANCE-APOSTOLIC COMMISSION IN LUKE.

Differences between Luke and the other evangelists—The Greek

gospel. I. The Holy Scripture the only final and unerring

rule of faith and practice. Popery and infidelity-Jesus en-

dorsing the scripture. II. The central doctrine of revelation,

an atoning and suffering Messiah. The law, prophets, and

psalms—The cross of Christ the centre of all human history.

III. A divine power needful to enable man to comprehend the

gospel of Christ. “ Opening the understanding"--The new

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light. IV. The salvation of the gospel for all, however remote

their habitation, or great their guilt. “All nations"_“Be-

ginning at Jerusalem"-Bunyan's Jerusalem Sinner. . 222

CHAPTER XVIII.

THE TENTA APPEARANCE—APOSTOLIC COMMISSION IN ACTS.

The gospel of the Holy Ghost. I. Waiting for the promise of

the Father. Gorgeous dreams of the kingdom-Curiosity about

the future--Almanac makers of prophecy-Waiting for the vis-

ion--Creation groaning-How must we wait ? II. The promise

of the Father. Meaning of baptism-Mode of baptism-The dis-

pensation of the Spirit-Christ's ascent the condition of the

Spirit's descent-Intercession of the Holy Ghost, how it differs

from that of Christ. III. Effects of the fulfilment of the promise.

All Christians witnesses for Christ-Passive witnessing-Mar-

tyrs-Cecil and his mother, Addison-The unconscious witness. 236

CHAPTER XIX,

THE ASCENSION.

Why the Ascension is so little alluded to in scripture. I. The

fact of the Ascension. (1) The time. (2) The place. (3) The

attendant circumstances. II. The reasons for the Ascension.

(1) The Priesthood of Christ. (2) The entrance into glory after

suffering. (3) To display his Divine nature. (4) Connection with

the descent of the Holy Ghost. (5) His intercession. (6) Pre-

paring a place for us. (7) Our forerunner and example-His

Ascension the picture and pledge of ours. (8) Sitting at the

right hand of GodThe Pilgrim. . . . . . 255

CHAPTER XX.

THE PARTING PROMISE.

The lingering benediction. I. The appearance of the Angels. '

Angelic agency-Its reality and blessedness-Its nature. II.

The Angelic Message. (1) The rebuke-Gazing too long into

heaven—"Oh! to be wi' thee, Richie !”—Pining sinfully for

heaven. (2) The comfort_ This same Jesus”—The un-

changing Friend. (3) The warning-The second coming of

Christ–The Old Testament Prophets—The New Testament

Prophets—Why such obscurity around the time and manner of

this coming—The great Epiphany-Conclusion-The fulness of

instruction during the forty days—The coming Era-Signs of

the times—The Pentecost of the future. . . . . 280

TUE LAST DAYS OF JESUS.

CHAPTER I.

THE DARK HOUR BEFORE THE DAWN.

The Picture—The Smitten Flock-Keeping the Sabbath-The Dark

ness ever before the Dawn.

• When we in darkness walk,

Nor feel the heavenly flame,
Then is the time to trust our God,

And rest upon his name.
Soon shall our doubts and fears

Subside, at his control,
His loving-kindness shall break through

The midnight of the soul.”

And there was Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulohre.”—Matt. xxvii. 61.

THESE words present to us a picture as suggestive as it is beautiful. As a mere picture, it is exquisitely lovely, so vivid is the outline and so impressive the grouping it presents. In the background stands the Holy City, beginning to grow still with the quiet of the approaching Sabbath ; and the mountains that stand round about Jerusalem, glowing in the light of the setting sun. As that light begins to fade away over the distant

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